Kay McFarland Japanese Garden and Venue
The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden features traditional Koi ponds, bridges, lush landscapes, and exquisite architectural elements. The contemporary event center provides modern amenities and seats over 200 people at round tables. The dedicated bridal suite opens to a secluded garden, promoting peace and relaxation. Overlooking the largest pond, an open-air pavilion offers a gorgeous ceremony location or overflow seating.
Camp Cowabunga and Dung Beetle Square
Journey into Africa: Camp Cowabunga is a Safari-themed exhibit, home to our African lions, painted dogs, and patas monkeys. This unique space seats 152 people at round tables.
In the heart of Camp Cowabunga is Dung Beetle Square. This spacious outdoor venue is ideal for a grand reception and ceremony.
Ross Family Pavilion
Overlooking the Giraffe habitat, our newest outdoor open-air pavilion is ideal for birthday parties, luncheons, baby showers, and other intimate gatherings. Seating is 40 max.
The Northern Lawn
The Northern Lawn is lush grassland. Sitting on the shores of one of Topeka Zoo’s iconic ponds, the lawn provides endless possibilities for any ceremony or reception. Seat up to 350 people in this outdoor space.
After Hours Rentals
The Gary K. Clarke Education Center is available for after-hours events (after the zoo closes at 5 p.m.). After-hours rental does not include admission for guests to tour the Zoo grounds. Zoo tours and access to exhibits can be included for an additional fee.